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“Rethinking Enlightenment” through Women’s Eyes

The Houghton Library at Harvard University has opened an exhibit titled “Rethinking Enlightenment: Forgotten Women Writers of Eighteenth-Century France.”The library’s website explains:The French Enlightenment is famous for its intellectual innovations, but it is remembered largely as a male endeavor. Show More Summary

Colonial Comics “make history come alive in a potent time”

For the School Library Journal website, Johanna Draper Carlson reviewed the second volume of Colonial Comics: New England, focusing on the years 1750 to 1775. Carlson wrote:This anthology of 18 historical comic stories aims “to focus...Show More Summary

More Special Events in February

Here are a couple more events this month that caught my eye.On Sunday, 11 February, at 12:30 P.M. the Pickering House in Salem will host a presentation on “17th- & 18th-Century Food and Cookery” by Karen Scalia of Salem Food Tours. What...Show More Summary

Silas Chandler Once Again Ripped From History

Today I woke up to learn that historian Phillip John Tucker is slated to publish a book on black Confederate soldiers next month with America Through Time publishing, a division of Arcadia and The History Press. This is any author’s worst nightmare. Here I spent years trying to complete a book manuscript on the subject […]

Getting #Alarmed! at Buckman Tavern

The Lexington Historical Society is hosting a field trip for the History List through Buckman Tavern. Executive Director Erica Dumont and Collections Manager Stacey Fraser will discuss the building and some of the society’s prized objects,...Show More Summary

Coming Soon: “Fashioning the New England Family”

The Massachusetts Historical Society and Prof. Kimberly Alexander have spent two years preparing an exhibit based on garments, cloth samples, accoutrements, and manuscripts in the society’s collection. “Fashioning the New England Family” will be mounted later this year. Show More Summary

Another Perspective on the SPLC’s Report on Teaching Slavery

Last week the Southern Poverty Law Center released the results of a survey it conducted on the current state of how the history of slavery is taught in our nation’s schools. The report is well worth reading and offers a number of important insights into the challenges of teaching what is one of the most […]

Call for Papers on “Fashion and Conflict” from Historic Deerfield

Historic Deerfield is planning a symposium on clothing on 28-30 September 2018 and just issued the call for papers.The theme of this symposium is “Fashion and Conflict in Early America.” The call elaborates:Clashes between European rivals,...Show More Summary

The Original “Cradle of Liberty”

In an attempt to make the Super Bowl more appealing to the general public, the presidents of the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston and the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia have laid a wager on the outcome. If the Patriots lose, M.H.S. Show More Summary

How Shipping Speeds Rose in the 1780s

The Center for Economic and Policy Research’s VOX portal has just published Morgan Kelly and Cormac Ó Gráda’s précis of a study titled “Speed under Sail During the Early Industrial Revolution”.The authors say:The consensus among economic...Show More Summary

Onuf and Gordon-Reed in Cambridge, 6 Feb.

On Tuesday, 6 February, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, founded in 1780 by John Adams, the Rev. Samuel Cooper, and James Bowdoin, will host a discussion titled “Jefferson, Race, and Democracy.”The speakers will be AnnetteShow More Summary

“The Liberty Song” with a “Set of Notes”

Last month I wrote a few postings about “The Liberty Song” appearing in 1768 and quickly becoming popular among American Whigs.I also wrote a series about how John Mein and John Fleeming’s Boston Chronicle, launched in late 1767, was quickly branded as a newspaper that supported the royal government. Show More Summary

The Other Author of “The Liberty Song”

Earlier this month I wrote about “The Liberty Song,” which became popular throughout Britain’s North American colonies in late 1768.The main author of that song, everyone agrees, was the Pennsylvania and Delaware lawyer John Dickinson. Show More Summary

A Chair in New Old Clothing

At Kimberly Alexander’s Silk Damask blog, Jeffrey Hopper just wrote about the restoration of this chair to what was likely its original appearance. Hopper explained:Produced in Boston for the better part of 40 years, shipped throughout the colonies and copied by craftsmen in those same colonies, this chair in its many iterations defined its period. Show More Summary

A French Novelist’s Description of Meeting President Washington

François-René, vicomte de Chateaubriand (1768-1848), spent five months in the U.S. of A. in 1791, ostensibly on a quest for the Northwest Passage.He brought back enough material to fill his novels Atala (1801), René (1802), and Les Natchez (written in the 1790s but published in 1826). Show More Summary

“A person capable of peopling the banks of the Mississippi with parrots”

When I wrote yesterday that French novelist and diplomat Chateaubriand’s description of meeting President George Washington in 1791 was a “baldfaced lie,” that didn’t mean it was entirely false.Chateaubriand was correct in saying that Washington was “tall,” for example. Show More Summary

Finding Michael Kistler. . .

Thanks to my friend Brian Downey--the owner/administrator of the Antietam On The Web website, a great and vast trove of information on that incredibly important battle and its participants--I got to see yet another face of the 48th Pennsylvania for the very first time, that of Michael Kistler, a lieutenant in Company I. Show More Summary

Can You Help Identify This Unidentified 48th PA Image?

Our Unidentified OfficerCompany I 48th Pennsylvania Infantry Of the more than 1,800 soldiers who served in the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry, whether for a few months or for all four years of the regiment's existence,...Show More Summary

Ross Wyman, Chairman of the Blacksmiths’ Convention

Since I’ll be speaking in Shrewsbury tomorrow evening, I’m sharing some material from Andrew H. Ward’s 1847 History of the Town of Shrewsbury.September 1774 was crucial to the transition away from royal rule in Massachusetts. That was...Show More Summary

A Greene Family Crisis over Playing Cards

On 29 January 1776, Gen. Nathanael Greene wrote to his brother Christopher from the Continental camp on Prospect Hill about a family crisis—his wife’s friends had played cards in front of their stepmother.The general wrote:I am extream sorry that Mr [John] Gooch and Nancy Varnum affronted Mother at my House with Cards. Show More Summary

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